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SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 79, NO. 11

WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

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A Time To Celebrate Local Leaders Honored On Monday, March 11, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) joined women from across New York’s 14th Congressional District to celebrate Women’s History Month and to honor community leaders during his 10th annual Women’s History Month event. Special guest Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter, USN (Ret.), President of SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, served as the keynote speaker for the event and was recognized by Crowley for her service to our nation and the New York community. Crowley also honored community leaders Lily Gavin, owner of Dazies restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens, and Helen Arteaga, co-founder and director of Plaza Del Sol Family Health Center in Corona, Queens. A champion of women’s rights in both the U.S. and abroad, Crowley has hosted an annual Women’s History Month community event every year since 2004. Women’s History Month is a time to recognize those pioneers who broke glass ceilings and paved the way for women’s rights and equality. While it is important we celebrate the great progress that has been made, it is equally important that we don’t lose sight of the challenges that remain. We must all continue the work needed to eliminate gender inequalities once and for all, said Rep. Crowley. (continued on page 7)

Congressman Crowley’s St. Patty’s Day Blast

Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter, USN (Ret.); Helen Arteaga; Rep. Crowley and Lily Gavin.

QEDC’s Entrepreneur Space 2nd Birthday Bash

by Luke Adams

On Sunday March 10th Sidetracks Restaurant rolled out the red carpet for Congressman Joe Crowley and his guests to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Photo Above: CM Van Bramer, Ashley Rougier from Darling Chocolate, QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein and MSLO editors Thomas Joseph and Jodi Levine.

Congressman Joe Crowley entertaining his guests with the band.

Congressman Joe Crowley with proud Mom, Eileen Crowley.

Deidre Feerick, Manny Gomez and Pat Dorfman (Sunnysideartists).

Roughly 50 artisanal food-and-drink makers gave away samples of their products to about 300 revelers at the Entrepreneur Space’s second birthday party in Long Island City on March 6. There was everything from the wacky (ginger-wasabi marshmallows) to the healthy (quinoa energy bars) to the sublime (South African lychee ginger ale). Cosponsored by Coffeed, a new café in LIC, and Delta, there was extra excitement in the air because Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia had just announced plans to provide mentoring and advice to E-Space clients through MSLO’s American Made program, which seeks to highlight artisan products made by small businesses. Operated via a partnership between the Queens Economic Development Corp. and the NYC Economic Development Corp., the E-Space is a 12,500-sq.-ft. hub with a fully equipped commercial kitchen, offices and classrooms that entrepreneurs rent at below-market rates as they build their businesses.

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Sunnyside Chamber Adds New Board Member The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce held their monthly Board meeting March 5th and members in attendance were excited to welcome two new members to their Board: Laura Heim Architect, PLLC , (41-03 46 Street Sunnyside) and Michael Fonte (TD Bank VP at the Sunnyside Branch at 41-01 Queens Blvd.). Also joining the Board but not in attendance were Judy Zangwill, Exec. Dir. Sunnyside Community Services, and Alicia Prendergast, Sunnyside BID.

Attorneys-At-Law MARC CRAWFORD LEAVITT JOSEPH N. YAMANER* IRA R. GREENBERG PAUL E. KERSON JOHN F. DUANE TALI SEHATI

(Front Row) Lily Gavin (Dazies Restaurant), Laura Heim (Architect), Frances Schmidt (Queen of Angels), Becky Barker (Co-Chair of the Board and MetLife Rep.), (Back Row) Dan Glasser (Stray Vintage), Rigo Cordoso (Pronto Car Service), Mark Wilensky (Sunnyside Lions Club/ Boys & Girls Club), Mike Fonte (TD Bank), George Constance (John V. Daniels VFW) and Steven Murphy (Murphy’s Bar).

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Photo Right: Chamber lunch guest speaker Congressman Joe Crowley was caught by surprise when Dazies restaurant owner Lily Gavin found out it was his birthday and presented him with a birthday cake. Photo Below: President Swain Weiner was delighted to welcome two new members to the Chamber from Bing’s Hallmark store on Greenpoint Avenue. Brother and Sister Czarinna Andres and her brother Arthur DeLeon.

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Op-Ed: The City and State of New York Must Act to Protect and Expand Funding for LGBT Services in Queens

by: Pauline Park, President of the Board of Directors, Queens Pride House

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Queens have few non-HIV/AIDS-specific services available to them, and out of a $60

billion city budget, only a miniscule fraction goes to support LGBT programs and services in Queens; and not a single dollar goes to support Queens Pride House, the only LGBT community center in the borough as well as the only fullservice, year-round staffed LGBTspecific social service provider in Queens. We provide approximately 4,800 individual client services a year, including referrals to LGBTsupportive health care and social service providers, as well as a safe space for its members and clients — many of whom are immigrants. We offer free supportive counseling and support groups for transgendered people, men, women and youth. But we receive no discretionary funding from any City Council member nor funding

through the City Council LGBT Caucus. In fact, the Speaker and the two openly gay members of the Queens delegation even funded the Bronx Community Pride Center (which never recovered from its executive director’s embezzlement of $339,000), while blocking funding for Queens Pride House through the LGBT Caucus when we requested such funding. Our ability to serve the diverse but marginalized LGBT community of Queens depends on funding and the reality is that Queens Pride House is under-funded and understaffed. For over a decade, we have relied on competitively won funding from the State of New York through the governor’s LGBT health initiative, now potentially in jeopardy because Gov. Andrew

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Cuomo put that funding in the general pool of funds in the budget he announced on Jan. 22. For the first time in over a decade, the executive budget lumps funding for LGBT and non-LGBT-specific service providers together and cuts the disease prevention budget by 10%. If funding for the initiative is eliminated, many of the 54 member organizations of the New York State LGBT Health & Human Services would have to close their doors, including Queens Pride House, which relies for more than half of its budget on the grant that it received five years ago from the Department of Health, now up for renewal. DOH was to announce the award of grants in January, but the uncertainty surrounding funding for the LGBT health initiative

in the state budget has already delayed the announcement for two months and further delay could seriously diminish the ability of Network member organizations to continue to serve the LGBT community. So the governor and the state legislature must act to restore the budget line for LGBT-specific health and human services. And the City Council must act to effectively fund LGBT programs in services in Queens, including those provided by Queens Pride House, the borough’s only LGBT community center.Pauline Park (PPark@queenspridehouse.org) is president of the board of directors and acting executive director of Queens Pride House (http:// www.queenspridehouse.org/), which she co-founded in 1997.

Domestic Violence Support Groups by Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services Woodside Mental Health Clinic, 61-20-Woodside Ave. Woodside The groups are FREE of charge. Individuals that are interested in attending must have an intake appointment prior to attending. Contact Laura Zimmermann, LCSW-R or Christine Rinaldi, LMSW at 718-779-1234 to schedule an appointment. Daytime group is every Wednesday from 10-11AM. Evening group meets the 1St and 3rd Wednesday from 6-7:30PM.

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Congressman Crowley’s St. Patty’s Day Blast

Assemblyman Michael DenDekker and Mayoral candidate William Thompson. Community leaders Gert McDonald & Catherine Volpe.

Woodside District Leader Eileen Boland and Astoria District Leader Anne Marie Anzalone. Eileen Crowley, Becky Barker (Sunnyside Chamber Co-Chair) and Marie Konecko.

Joe & MaryAnn Gurrado with CB2 District Manager Debbie Markell Kleinert

Pat Dorfman, CM Jimmy Van Bramer and Hostess Mary Flannery.

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Queens County Women’s Luncheon On March 9th, CM Van Bramer invited several local residents to be his guests of honor at Queens County’s Annual Women’s Democratic Executive Committee Luncheon at Antun’s in Queens Village. The event recognizes and celebrates the public service and dedication of women within the borough of Queens.

CM Van Bramer with (Top row, l. to r.) Aycan Kaptaner (Scheduler/Community Liaison at CM Van Bramer’s office), Meridith Maskara (Sunnyside/Woodside Girl Scouts Troop Leader), Sheila Lewandowski (Chocolate Factory Theater), Speaker Christine Quinn, Gianna Cerbone-Teoli (Manducatis Rustica), (bottom row, l. to r.) Marion Jeffries (President of the Astoria/Long Island City Chapter of the NAACP), Deborah Tharrington (Director of Constituent Services at CM Van Bramer’s office), CM Van Bramer’s mother, Elizabeth, and Joan DeCamp (Ridgewood Democratic Club).

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Social Media Seminar

Nearly 30 attendees packed into the Sunnyside Library on Wednesday, March 6 for a free seminar for neighborhood businesses on social media marketing. The event was co-sponsored by the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Sunnyside Shines BID and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. Ellen Williams of Constant Contact presented an overview of social media options for small business owners, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and SaveLocal. Social media can function as an extension of the physical store, she noted, and if a customer asks an interesting question inside the store, it may be worth posting to your social media followers as well. She advised businesses starting out on social media to add some starter content to their pages. Content should not be limited to sales pitches, she cautioned, but should be conversational in nature about topics that are relevant to the business and the neighborhood. Sunnyside Shines and the Sunnyside Chamber look forward to hosting more seminars for Sunnyside businesses this year.

LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE File No.: 2012-2362/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT TO: Ismael G. De La Cal Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of Estela Alvarez, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of Estela Alvarez, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 90-11 35th Avenue #3C, Jackson Heights, NY 11372, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of Estela Alvarez, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 11th day of April, 2013 at 9:30 o clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $7,602.92 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any

services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. 1106(4); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 14th day of February, 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens CountyMargaret M. Gribbon Clerk of the Surrogates Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11 th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation 3/1/13, 3/8/ 13, 3/15/13, 3/22/13 PROBATE CITATION File No. 2011-3278/B SURROGATE’S COURT – QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF

THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God Free and Independent To: To the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Regina Gillan, a/k/a Regina M. Gillan, deceased, if living, and if any of them dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. Public Administrator of the County of Queens Attorney General of New York State A petition having been duly filed by Marlene Kostak, who is domiciled at 48-53 44 th Street, Apt. 4C, Woodside, New York YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on 11 th day of April, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Regina Gillan, a/k/a Regina M. Gillan lately domiciled at 48-24 43 rd Street, Apt. 7L, Woodside, NY admitting to probate a Will dated October 15, 2007, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Regina Gillan, a/k/a Regina M. Gillan deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters of Administration C.T.A. issue to: Marlene Kostak (State any further relief requested) FEB 26 2013 (Seal) HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate Margaret M. Gribbon Chief Clerk. Attorney for Petitioner Law Office of Dennis J. O’Sullivan, P.C. Telephone Number (718) 352-7600, Address of Attorney 210-13 35 th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11361 [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] 3/1/13, 3/8/13, 3/15/13, 3/22/13

File No.: 2012-2961/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Joseph E. Carr, Diane M. Tolosky, David J. Carr, Susan E. Dees, Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of MARY EILEEN CARR AKA EILEEN CARR, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of MARY EILEEN CARR AKA EILEEN CARR, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 38-20 Browne Street, #526, Flushing, NY 11354, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of MARY EILEEN CARR AKA EILEEN CARR, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 2nd day of May, 2013 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J.

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SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $15,444.34 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 4th day of March, 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Margaret M. Gribbon Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., (718) 459-9000, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation 3/15/13, 3/22/13, 3/29/13, 4/5/13


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Local Leaders Honored Our three honorees today represent the very essence of Women’s History Month. It is an honor to be joined by a true pioneer in Naval aviation, a smallbusiness owner helping to lift up other entrepreneurs, and a community advocate dedicated to improving health care for all as we celebrate the many contributions women have made to our city, our state, and our country. Rear Admiral Carpenter served in the Navy for 34 years and is among the pioneers of women in Naval aviation. She was the 31st woman to be designated a Naval Aviator and was the Navy’s first woman aviator to attain the rank of rear admiral. She deployed throughout the Pacific, western United States, and Alaska in support of the nation’s strategic nuclear mission. Rear Admiral Carpenter graduated from the University of Georgia (B.S. Psychology, 1976) before she entered the Navy in 1977. She holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Salve Regina University and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. Rear Admiral Carpenter has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and

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Preston Tri-M Music Honor Society of the Bronx performs various unit awards. She is also a recipient of the Lifetime Community Service Award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. A prominent community leader and advocate in Sunnyside, Queens, Lily Gavin, owner of Dazies restaurant, has worked tirelessly to improve the community and encourage business growth in Sunnyside. Gavin is a past president and chair of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, one of the first women to be inducted into the Sunnyside Kiwanis, and is an active supporter of the YMCA, the Sunnyside Senior Center, the Sunnyside Drum Corporation, and the Queens Council of Tourism. Gavin also serves on the boards of the LaGuardia Community College Foundation and Sunnyside Shines (BID), and is a trustee of the Queens Library. Helen Arteaga co-founded Plaza Del Sol Family Health Center, a division of Urban Health

Plan, Inc., in 2009 to help provide the community with essential and cost-effective health care. Since its opening, Plaza Del Sol has provided care to more than 17,500 patients and ended 2012 with an estimated 130,000 visits. A longtime resident of Corona, Arteaga has been a leader in the community through her involvement as a member of Community Board 4 and the Neighborhood Housing Board, as well as by serving on the board of Our Lady of Sorrows School. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Community Impact Award, Humanitarian Award, and City of New York American Dreamer Award. Women’s History Month is celebrated nationwide during the month of March. The theme for this year’s celebration is: Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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Grandson Christopher, daughter Kerri, Congressman Joe Crowley, Lily Gavin , daughter Juli Photo Credit: Luke Adams

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It’s In Western Queens!

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Queens marks its spot at the center of world-class entertainment this week, as Cirque du Soleil will start a multi-week run in Citi Field. But the borough will also host world premieres of a play and a movie series, as well as 3-D movies, Flamenco, ballet, live music, magic and even specialty backgammon games. Here’s the rundown.

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March 14, Totem by Cirque du Soleil @ 8pm The circus traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage with an international cast of 52 from 19 different countries. Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing 718-507-6387.

March 15 & 22, Wreck-It Ralph in 3-D @ 5 pm From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in 3-D. Wreck-It Ralph longs to be a hero. So when a new game arrives, he sneaks into it with a plan to win a medal, but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. $9 adults/$7 children, seniors & students with ID. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 718-699-0005.

March 15, Tablao Flamenco Series @ 8:30pm The American Bolero Dance Company kicks off its spring season with a show featuring live Flamenco, other styles of Spanish dance and music presented in a cabaret-type format and atmosphere. $25/$20 seniors/$17 children under 12 years old. The Chian Federation, 44-01 Broadway, LIC 718-392-8888.

March 16, RIOULT Dance NY @ 8pm This internationally acclaimed modern dance company captivates audiences with Pascal Rioult’s compelling choreography and extraordinary dancers. $20-$10. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Room E24, LIC 718-482-5151.

March 16, The Rohling Band @ 7pm The Rohling Band will perform Blues classics and some original material. The group strives to continue the Chicago style developed when Mississippi Delta Blues reached the Windy City in the 1920s. Free. Sunnyside Reformed Church. 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, tonythetourguy@gmail.com, 718-426-5997.

March 17-31, The Wonder Cabinet This is an experiment in collaborative story writing and contemporary wunderkammer. The exhibition brings together an eclectic group of artists — sculptors, costumers, video artists, holographers and more — to compose a narrative and build a walk-through cabinet of curiosities. Open on weekends, noon-6 pm, or by appointment. Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St., LIC 718-707-3362.

The New York City Police Department is advising motorists of a scam in which suspects distract victims by falsely informing them that their vehicle has a flat tire. While the victims inspect the purported damage, a suspect removes property from inside the vehicle. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the NYPD Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting your tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577 plus your tip. All calls are strictly confidential. You can watch a video of the suspects wanted in connection to these incidents by going to YouTube and searching ‘Queens Grand Larcenies.’

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March 17, Little Makers: Sink, Float, Flink @ 10:30am Explore buoyancy by testing whether everyday objects sink or float. Design and build your own creations to test in this drop-in workshop. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission. Pre-registration is recommended. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 718-699-0005.

March 19, Game Night at Z Hotel @ 7pm Tuesday is the ultimate game night with the opportunity to eat, drink and mingle with friends while partaking in a little competitive fun. Details include game night cocktails, light bites from the new tapas menu at buy one, get the second half off, backgammon, chess, Monopoly, competitive Karaoke with prizes, the option to book accommodations for the evening at a special rate and free transportation. Z Hotel, 11-01 43rd Ave., LIC, www.zhotelny.com, lisa@zhotelny.com, 212-319-7000. The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions.

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1. Old Toyota model 6. Priestly garb 9. “Yes, ____!” 13. Shrek and Fiona, e.g. 14. Neither 15. “Dancing with the Stars” number 16. Country alliances 17. ___-Wan Kenobi 18. Potter enemy 19. *Sweet number 21. *Some fill out more than one 23. Mork’s planet 24. Kind of moss 25. Company that loves logistics 28. *The shot clock measures how much you have 30. Loose Hawaiian unbelted dress 35. Stanislavski’s rifle, e.g. 37. Persian backgammon 39. Open disrespect 40. Musician’s time to shine 41. Assumption taken for granted 43. Lincoln ____ 44. Kindle download 46. Senegal’s neighbor 47. Toward the lee 48. Electric car maker, pl. 50. Living quarters 52. Short for abstract syntax tree 53. Cher goes by one of these 55. Refrigerator sound 57. For spicing things up 61. *Ultimate NCAA tournament destination 65. Diver’s lung 66. Yes move 68. One who tries 69. Ups the stakes 70. *A shot below the line is worth this 71. Washer setting 72. R in RIP 73. He is 74. “The Second Coming” poet

1. Boohoos 2. Tangerine and grapefruit hybrid 3. In the next month 4. Right-hand page 5. Declare with confidence 6. Shakespeare’s “at another time” 7. Tennis shot 8. Grease one’s palms 9. Painter ____ Chagall 10. Every which way 11. Competent 12. Grain in “The House That Jack Built” 15. Facebook ______ 20. Augmenting 22. *VCU fans, “___ Nation” 24. Diffuse 25. *16 seed over 1 seed, e.g. 26. Investigate thoroughly 27. Arias, e.g. 29. Permanently disfigure 31. *Championship record-holder 32. Cabbage 33. Prods 34. Not fixed or appointed 36. *This one is not for swimming 38. Sub station 42. *Many teams start season with “Mid_____ Madness” 45. *Last year’s runner-up 49. Cul de ___ 51. Oppressively hot and humid 54. *NCAA’s Big Dance occurs in the third one 56. Donny’s singing sister 57. Peter the Great, e.g. 58. High school breakout 59. Goes with ifs and ands 60. Drive a getaway car, e.g. 61. Fusses 62. Fashion house founder Ricci 63. Reason to cram 64. Aphrodite’s lover 67. Be obliged to pay

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